St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury   (reg. charity 234025)

 

Parish Priest:  Fr Bernard Forshaw           Deacon: Revd Michael Daly    Phone:   0151 645 3314

Email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:    www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. 24th February, 2019, Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: NOBODY CROSSES ME!

 

Loving our enemies, forgiving them and praying for their happiness, is far easier to talk about than to do. This is shown by the statements of victims’ families after someone has been convicted of a crime. There is an almost unhealthy blood-thirst for prisoners to be given harsher sentences, no matter how long they already are, and for an “example” to be made of them. When someone whose loved one has been murdered actually comes out and shows concern for the murderer it is quite surprising not to say refreshing!

Yet if we read the words of Jesus today then we are left in no doubt about how we are supposed to treat those who have it in for us. We are to forgive them, pray for them and wish for their good. Anyone can love their friends but it’s harder to love our enemies.

Part of the problem is that we find it hard to admit that we are no better than our enemies. We claim the moral high-ground when people offend us. Yes, they have done us harm; there’s no point in pretending otherwise. But are we really any better and have we spent an entirely innocent life? Pride can blind us to many of our faults and failings. It’s easier to condemn our own sin in others.

It’s not humanly possible to love our enemies. We need the grace of God to do it. But, even for a Christian, loving enemies is only possible for those who have already acquired the gift of humility. And this gift is a grace not just a personality trait. It’s something we have to pray for. We can only love our enemies in the power of God’s love.

Jesus disliked some people but he never hated anyone. He loved those, including us, whose actions caused him to suffer. And he requires that we do the same. Getting our own back, getting even, serving the cold dish of revenge may be our natural inclination but Christ today tells us that our Christianity has to be radically different from the justice of the world. It has to be rooted in that forgiveness that Jesus won for us on the cross and for which we pray every time we use the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland,  13th May 2019.  £649.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613. See Poster on the notice board at the back of church.

 

 

WORD OF GOD

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse youand pray for those who treat your badly. (Luke 6: 27-28)

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Don’t get mad, get even? Or should it be, don’t get mad, get equal? For if we genuinely recognised that we are all equal in God’s sight then we would be less prone to feel that insults are all one-way traffic. If we learn to pray for our enemies then it becomes harder to hate them.

 

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 3 vacancies; 1 x F/T Community Services Manager (closing date: 4th March), and 2 x P/T Parenting Support Workers Wirral based (closing date: 1st March).  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us:  www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

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Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery

letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 24th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

Mary Bersola RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 25th 9.15am Peter Carr RIP  
Tuesday 26th 9.15am Fr Jack McLeish RIP  
Wednesday 27th 9.15am Ints Peggy McAllister  
Thursday 28th 9.15am The Bell Family RIP  
Friday 1st 9.15am

1.00pm

Gerard Edwards RIP

Funeral Service –

Stan Williams

 
Saturday 2nd      
Eighth  Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Fr Mike Murray

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.30-11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.

First Forgiveness: The children from St John’s School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Forgiveness in a special service in Church on Thursday 28th February at 6.30pm. Please keep all the children and their families in your prayers.

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.  If any more of our Eucharistic Ministers would like to share in the Ministry of taking Holy Communion to the Sick after Mass on Sundays or weekdays please have a word with either Wilf Humphreys or    Fr Bernard.

Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for         Stan Williams who died recently and whose Funeral Service will be held in Church on Friday                      1st March at 1pm. May he and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £551.63p.

World Day of Prayer will be held at Higher Bebington UDC Church,

Hr Bebington Road on Friday,

1st March at 2pm.

Theme “Come – Everything is Ready”. Light refreshments available.  All welcome.

 

Children’s Liturgy: Will be holding a further meeting on Saturday

2nd March at 10am in the Day Chapel.

 

Third World Group Meeting. Next meeting on Monday        4th March at 6.30pm in the presbytery to which all parishioners are most welcome.

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of                       Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd

which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant.  All are warmly invited to join the community.  Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

 

St John’s Junior School Mini Vinnie Cosy Café. Tea and refreshments will be served in St John’s Junior School Hall on Thursday 14th March between 2pm and 3.15pm.  If you would like to attend, please contact the office at St John’s Junior School Tel No 645 9615 to help cater for the number attending.

 

St John Plessington Catholic College – Governor Vacancies The school has vacancies for Foundation Governors on the Governing Body. Being a governor involves attending a minimum four evening meetings a year of the full governing body. Attendance at other meetings is dependent on voluntary membership of various committees. You may be unsure whether undertaking such a role is for you. You are most welcome to contact me, and I will answer any questions you have. If you wish I can also arrange a visit to the school.  If you do decide to apply, foundation governors are appointed by Bishop Mark and your application should be supported by your parish priest.

With thanks and best wishes.

John Williams, Chair of Governors

Tel 0151 327 2799

 

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned tomatoes, tinned spaghetti, tinned carrots and soap powder tablets. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items.  Thank you for your continued generosity. A reminder of our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28th February, 7pm at Wallasey Town Hall.

 A  “Welcome Café “  with the distribution of surplus food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at      St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.  

 

St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury   (reg. charity 234025)

 

Parish Priest:  Fr Bernard Forshaw           Deacon: Revd Michael Daly    Phone:   0151 645 3314

Email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:    www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 17th February, 2019, Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: FEELING HAPPY?

When we read the Beatitudes we can find ourselves becoming cynical. Do we really want to be poor? Do we yearn to weep? Do we long to be hated and hungry? Probably not. So how do we make sense of what Jesus is teaching his disciples? Do we simply pass the Beatitudes off as nice spiritual thoughts, maybe for nuns and monks enclosed in their monasteries, but thoughts that we really don’t want to embrace ourselves?

Often we misunderstand the words that Jesus is using. Take “poor”, for example. The word does not refer to economic conditions but to an attitude of mind. Instead it means someone who is devoted, who knows their absolute dependence on God. The opposite word, “rich” means self-reliant, self-sufficient or satisfied. So what Jesus is saying is not that poor people are better off than those with money but that it’s better to rely on God than to think we can go it alone. Those who know that the Lord holds them in the palm of his hand at every moment already possess the kingdom of God.

Our translations sometimes say “Happy are you…” or “Blessed are you…” The happiness of the Beatitudes is something that is not affected by circumstances. It is the bliss that God enjoys, one that is profound and unchanging. To believe in the promises of the Beatitudes means to be so centred on our relationship with God that the troubles and strife of this life cannot shake our faith.

So the obvious question for us when we listen to Jesus today is “Are we really happy?” Do we experience a great joy and comfort from our faith or do we find it a bind, an extra burden that non-believers are spared? Would life be easier for us if we didn’t have to practise our religion? Would we miss it if it weren’t there or would we be relieved?

When Jesus says that the kingdom of God “is” ours he is speaking on two levels. Our perseverance will win us eternal happiness in heaven. But it’s also ours here and now. Living the Beatitudes means enjoying the kingdom day in and day out. So the final question is clear: Do you feel blessed and are you happy?

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items.  Thank you for your continued generosity.

 A  “Welcome Café “  with the distribution of surplus food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.  

 WORD OF GOD

A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord,with the Lord for his hope. He is like a tree by the waterside… (Jeremiah 17: 7-8)

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Generally speaking do you find that being a Christian is a blessing or a curse? Does following Christ make you count your blessings or do you consider it a bind and sometimes envy those who have no faith or religion?

 

 

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 3 vacancies; 1 x F/T Community Services Manager (closing date: 4th March), and 2 x P/T Parenting Support Workers Wirral based (closing date: 1st March).  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us:  www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery

letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

 

 

 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 17th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Kate Hangley

(90th B.Day)

Edward Sabino RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 18th 9.15am McDyres & Kennedy Fams  
Tuesday 19th 12.30pm Funeral Mass –

Peter Carr

 
Wednesday 20th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Thursday 21st 9.15am Padraig Timmons  
Friday 22nd 9.15am Ints Bishop Mark Davies on Annv of his Ordination to the Episcopate  
Saturday 23rd      
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 24th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

Mary Bersola RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.30-11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

 

Thursday is a Day of Special Prayer for Racial Justice

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com                                  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.  If any more of our Eucharistic Ministers would like to share in the Ministry of taking Holy Communion to the Sick after Mass on Sundays or weekdays please have a word with either Wilf Humphreys or    Fr Bernard.

 

First Forgiveness: The children from St John’s School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Forgiveness in a special service in Church on Thursday             28th February at 6.30pm. Please keep all the children and their families in your prayers.

Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for the following parishioners who have died recently.  Peter Carr of Heathfield Road, Bebington Funeral Mass led by Fr Paschal on Tuesday 19th February at 12.30pm.   Stan Williams of Queen Mary’s Drive, Port Sunlight.  Funeral Service in Church on Friday 1st March 1pm. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £585.31p. The Diocesan Sick & Retired Priest’s Collection (taken last weekend) remains open for a further week should you still wish to make a donation

 

St John’s SVP Conference meet on Thursday’s at 6.30pm in the presbytery.

 

 

Children’s Liturgy: Following on from the meeting held on 9th February there will be a further meeting held on Saturday 2nd March at 10am in the Day Chapel.

 

 

Third World Group Meeting. Next meeting on Monday 4th March at 6.30pm in the presbytery to which all parishioners are most welcome.

 

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of                       Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd

which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant.  All are warmly invited to join the community.  Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

 

St John Plessington Catholic College – Governor Vacancies

The school has vacancies for Foundation Governors on the Governing Body. Being a governor involves attending a minimum four evening meetings a year of the full governing body. Attendance at other meetings is dependent on voluntary membership of various committees. You may be unsure whether undertaking such a role is for you. You are most welcome to contact me, and I will answer any questions you have. If you wish I can also arrange a visit to the school.  If you do decide to apply, foundation governors are appointed by Bishop Mark and your application should be supported by your parish priest.

With thanks and best wishes. John Williams,

Chair of Governors Tel 0151 327 2799

 

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland,

13th May 2019.  £649.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613. See Poster on the notice board at the back of church.

St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury   (reg. charity 234025)

 

Parish Priest:  Fr Bernard Forshaw           Deacon: Revd Michael Daly    Phone:   0151 645 3314

Email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:    www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 10th February, 2019, Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: DEEPER WATER

We all like to feel comfortable and we all have our own little ways of doing things that we’ve got used to. That’s because by nature we’re creatures of habit. We don’t like to be put out or troubled by having to learn new ways. We like a quiet life.

Religious people sometimes use their faith in the same way. It becomes a comfort and a crutch, a way of doing things that makes them feel secure and unthreatened. Faith becomes the spiritual insurance policy that guarantees peace of mind.

But at the heart of faith is risk. Faith involves making that leap, walking along the path with no signs, trusting when you know that everything could go wrong. Faith is an invitation not to remain where we are but to seek ever new and more enriching pastures, to stretch ourselves, to be challenged in ways that we cannot even suspect but which will carry their own rewards. Christian faith, in particular, is not an anaesthetic but an adventure.

In today’s gospel we see Jesus telling Simon Peter to put out the boats into deeper water. Normally you don’t catch many fish by the edge of a lake; you have to be bold and move into the middle. And, sure enough, having fished all night long and caught nothing, it was when the disciples obeyed Jesus’ request to put out into deeper water that they not only caught fish but netted a catch that astounded them.

The deeper the water the more uncomfortable people feel, because you can’t touch the bottom. But the deeper the water the greater the catch. Our sluggishness encourages us to remain static in faith. We’re content to catch fish when Jesus promises us that we could be catching people, encouraging men and women to come to Christ. We’re prepared to do the basic minimum in our faith, to enjoy the view close to the shore, when Jesus promises us a magnificent experience on the high seas.

Today’s liturgy challenges us to be bolder in our relationship with God and with others, to grow in faith and trust, to move to areas in our lives that are as yet uncharted. Yes, we’re bound to have doubts about our safety. But God does not promise us a calm passage…just a safe landing.

 

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items.  Thank you for your continued generosity.

 A  “Welcome Café “  with the distribution of surplus food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome

 

WORD OF GOD

Simon Peter fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Leave me Lord; I am a sinful man.”  (Luke 5:8)

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Jesus tells Simon Peter to row his fishing boat a little further into deeper water. Then it happens. They catch so many fish that their nets begin to tear. Staying in a comfortable religious place is tempting, but our faith only grows if we’re prepared to explore other waters.

 

 

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 3 vacancies; 1 x F/T Community Services Manager (closing date: 4th March), and 2 x P/T Parenting Support Workers Wirral based (closing date:1st March).  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us:  www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery

letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle C

10th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Doreen Gibbs RIP

For all the Sick

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 11th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 12th 9.15am Eleanor McGuigan Annv RIP  
Wednesday 13th 9.15am Ints St John’s SVP  
Thursday 14th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Dunnion & McCormick Families  
Friday 15th 11.30am Funeral Service – Michael Keenan  
Saturday 16th 10.00am Ints Mary Heddle OCDS  
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle C

17th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Kate Hangley

(90th B.Day)

Edward Sabino RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.30-11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

Thursday is a Day of Special Prayer for Europe.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.

 

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com                                  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.  After the Gospel this weekend at both Masses (on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes : the World Day of Prayer for the Sick) there will be an opportunity for those who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick ……….to be anointed.

Lately Dead                                                            Your prayers are requested for the following parishioners who have died recently .                Mick Keenan of Sandringham Close,  Funeral service led by Fr Bernard in Church on Friday at 11.30am.                                                                 Peter Carr of Heathfield Rd Bebington Funeral Mass led by Fr Paschal on Tuesday 19th Feb at 12.30pm.                                                                          Stan Williams of Queen Mary’s Drive Port Sunlight Funeral Service in Church on Friday 1st Mar 1pm.                                                                 Also please pray for Deacon David Morris from St Albans Wallasey who died recently. His Funeral Mass is tomorrow (Monday) at 12 noon at St Alban’s.                                                              May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £561.04p                           There is a retiring collection today at both Masses for the Diocesan Priest’s Retirement Fund please be generous and if you are a Gift Aid payer please use one of the envelopes on the table at the back of Church.                      

The Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitalite will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with mass at 3.30pm this  Sunday

10th February at St Hugh and St John RC Church,   314 Manchester Road, Timperley WA14 5NB. (Please use the postcode WA14 5HL for the car park)
Mass will be followed by tea, coffee and cake in the parish hall. All are welcome especially members of the Hospitalite and past and current pilgrims.
The Hospitalite looks forward to seeing you all there.

 

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church.  The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 13th February at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.

 

 

St John’s SVP Conference meet on Thursday’s at 6.30pm in the presbytery.

 

The Lay Carmelite Group meet at St John’s next Saturday for 10am Mass and their monthly day of prayer and reflection.

 

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of                       Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd

which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant.  All are warmly invited to join the community.  Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

 

Many thanks to those who came to the Third World Group Meeting last Monday. Next meeting on Monday 4th March at 6.30pm in the presbytery to which all parishioners are most welcome.

Thank you to those who came to the Children’s Liturgy meeting on Saturday. 

If you would like to help in any way in our Parish……….please let Fr Bernard know.

 

St John the Evangelist
128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ
Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314
Email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 3rd February, 2019, Cycle C

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Thank you for your continued generosity.

A “Welcome Café “ with the distribution of surplus food from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome

WORD OF GOD
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I have appointed you as prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1: 5)

WORD FOR TODAY
Christians are not consumers. They are salespeople. Because of our baptism each of us is commissioned to be a prophet: to proclaim in our places of work, in our homes and our society that God is great and that the way to live a fully satisfying life is by following Jesus his Son.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery
letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

FAITH IN FOCUS: A MISSED CHANCE

Prophets and prophecy jump out from almost every line of today’s scripture. First of all we come across Jeremiah. He’s only a lad and so he’s apprehensive when God calls him to be a prophet. But God says that before Jeremiah was even born God knew him and chose him to speak on his behalf to the people.
Of course, Jeremiah isn’t an exception. God knew us too when we were in our mothers’ wombs. He created us and formed us with his own particular task for us in mind. From our baptisms we’ve been anointed (with real oil!) as prophets and it’s our role as Christians to speak about God to others.
Then we come across Jesus in his hometown synagogue. He’s just finished quoting a passage from Isaiah about how God will set his people free to live life to the full, and then he makes the astonishing claim that he’s the one who will do this!
What a lot of rubbish! Who does he think he is? He’s just the carpenter’s son; we all know his family; he lived here as a child and played on our streets.
So we’ve found one person who didn’t want to be a prophet and another who wasn’t believed when he began to be one.
What does the incident with Jeremiah tell us about our own timidity when it comes to speaking out about our faith? Maybe it tells us that God is prepared to use us as his messengers but that his Spirit can reach people despite our shortcomings. So let’s not say that we are too young, too ignorant or too unimportant. It’s God who is speaking, not us.
And the scene with Jesus is another reminder that people often reject prophets when they don’t seem to fit the image. This tells us more about the people than Jesus. They didn’t see their own need for what Jesus was offering. God visited their village but they didn’t recognise him. They were given the opportunity but they missed it. When he comes to our village are we any better or do we let the chance go begging?

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 3rd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm ‘Thank you’, Father B
Pat Dobbie RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 4th 9.15am
Ints Phil & Gerry Topping
Tuesday 5th 9.15am

7.00pm St John’s Yr 2 in church
Ints Elaine Mullins
Novena
Wednesday 6th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Brockway & Callaghan Families
Thursday 7th 9,15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 8th 9.15am Victims of Trafficking
Saturday 9th
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 10th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Doreen Gibbs RIP
For all the Sick
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.15am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

At Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass, which will be held in the main church, we look forward to welcoming the children and their parents & families from Year 2 at St John’s School. As usual, and thanks to our faithful group of parishioners, tea/coffee/ biscuits will be available after Mass at the back of Church

This Tuesday being the First Tuesday in February means that at 7pm the monthly Benediction and Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be held in Church at 7pm. All most welcome.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £584.97p.
Third World Group: At the beginning of Lent it would be good to relaunch the Third World Group/CAFOD Group here at St John’s. If you are interested in Third World issues & projects and would like to be part of the group please come to a meeting in the presbytery on Monday 4th February at 6.30pm. All parishioners most welcome especially if you have been involved in CAFOD groups etc before.
Children’s Liturgy: If you are interested have or been involved in this important ministry before at St John’s or elsewhere and would like to help us restart Children’s Liturgy at 9.30am Mass and look at putting together a Children’s Mass once a quarter on a Sunday at 9.30am please come to a meeting in the Day Chapel on Saturday 9th February at 10am.
Annual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage. This year the Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at 12noon on Saturday 9th February at St Columba’s Chester. All married couples and
families are welcome but if you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th, 40th, 50th, and 60th) and wish to attend the Mass please let
Fr Bernard know and you will receive a special letter of invitation.

The Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitalite will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with mass at 3.30pm on Sunday
10th February at St Hugh and St John RC Church, 314 Manchester Road, Timperley WA14 5NB. (Please use the postcode WA14 5HL for the car park)
Mass will be followed by tea, coffee and cake in the parish hall. All are welcome especially members of the Hospitalite and past and current pilgrims.
The Hospitalite looks forward to seeing you all there.

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd
which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant. All are warmly invited to join the community. Refreshments will be available after the ceremony,
See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church. The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 13th February at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.